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Air Conditioning Installation
updated: May 16, 2014, 9:03 AM

I am interested in having air conditioning installed in my home. I would appreciate any referrals to a good company to call.


Places People Are Talking About:

Christopher Anzalone CoHome Heating and ACSeaside Heating & Air Conditioning

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 519427 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:22 AM

Christopher Anzalone Co.

Chris did a great job for me, I had two systems w/air and four for heat!
Good prices and excellent workmanship
Chris-805-965-4414
lic# C-43-C-20 385618

by,
Drew Hunter
805-896-2119

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:23 AM

We used Jason Cocklin from Seaside Heating & Air Conditioning, 5508 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 cell phone # 729-4104; home and fax: 692-0977 - CA License # 865869

He gave a reasonable quote for equipment, installation and electrical; stuck to budget and did it all very quickly. Liked him a lot and highly recommend his professionalism.

 

 COMMENT 519432 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:28 AM

What was your approximate cost?

 

 COMMENT 519434 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:30 AM

Home Heating and AC on De La Vina Downtown.Long time family company always done right by me and very fair pricing

 

 ROB EGENOLF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:35 AM

Try Morgan Redkey 455 9549

He does very good work

He is a very reliable, knowledgeable and nice guy

His prices are very reasonable

 

 COMMENT 519437 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:38 AM

Ezra Young installed ours into existing heating ductwork. It was very reasonable and he did a great job. We've certainly been glad to have it this week!

 

 COMMENT 519444 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 09:54 AM

Crocker Refrigeration did mine.

Great job! AND they put in a 'smart' thermostat for the A/C and heater that saved me a lot in energy costs.

 

 COMMENT 519447 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 10:19 AM

Dahl Air Conditioning 650-1155.

 

 COMMENT 519451P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 10:27 AM

Anybody got ballpark costs?

 

 COMMENT 519462 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 10:50 AM

The environmental costs are huge. Every kWh of energy generated from fossil fuels puts us one step closer to a planet better inhabited by reptiles, rather than primates.

 

 COMMENT 519466 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:01 AM

Yeah, because reptiles are sooooo much more smart. When was the last time you saw a lizard operating a super-sonic aircraft? Or inventing the internet? Heck, even riding a bicycle?

Don't give humans such a hard time. Not all of them are trying to destroy the planet.

 

 COMMENT 519475 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:14 AM

We use Morgan as well for heating. Great guy and company. Sorry no idea about what it would run price wise

 

 COMMENT 519478 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:23 AM

@462 OP here. I run an infant care center in my home. This week it felt like I was putting them in a crib in a 95 degree room. You wouldn't leave your dog in a 95 degree car! I am for saving the planet, as well as the little people.

 

 COMMENT 519482P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:32 AM

VACCO in Ventura did a wonderful job of installing central AC in our Santa Barbara cottage. They were super reliable, reasonable and very pleasant to work with. (805) 644-4328 or 644-2665. I would never use Home Heating again after a having a very bad experience with them.

 

 COMMENT 519488 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:48 AM

$4000-5,000 usual cost

 

 COMMENT 519490 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:50 AM

Hooper Heating and Air. Mark (owner) works in Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara and has been in business since 1990. Personable service 805-717-0848

 

 CAPTAIN HALEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:51 AM

If cost is a concern you might want to look into an a/c unit to cool one room, or perhaps a window unit.

 

 COMMENT 519492 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 11:51 AM

We installed central air in 2000 when we did a remodel/addition. Due to severe pollen allergies I need to keep all windows and doors closed 5 months of every year and it used to be sweltering in here at times. I don't run it frequently but sure appreciate it when i do, like this week!

One thing we had not considered was noise level. Live in a tract house with neighbors very close. Unit is outside our daughter's bedroom window and very close to dear friends next door's bedroom window as well. Very loud when it comes on and loud when it runs. Wish I had thought to research noise levels of different brands!

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 12:16 PM

We had Jason from Seaside Heating & Air Conditioning do our entire office, which is in a downtown cottage and it ran about $3,500.

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 12:17 PM

Very quiet, too. No noise issues.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 12:40 PM

I agree with the window unit idea. I had a friend who got one, at Sears, for a huge room, did a fantastic job. She checked Consumers Reports before buying.

 

 COMMENT 519515 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 01:09 PM

FLICKA, do you know how many BTU's it was?

 

 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 03:18 PM

I'll second Ezra Young
Very affordable

 

 COMMENT 519575P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 04:07 PM

I reviewed the Referrals section and didn't find an entry under "Furnace" (there's a thread under "Heating Company" and "Air Conditioning," all for HVAC) but I remember a lot of conversation. Crocker was highly praised; I used Anderson Controls to fix a jerk's job; they were great. CHECK CONTRACTOR'S LICENSES ALWAYS!

OP, you _were_ putting them to bed in 95 degrees! We all were! I know people with window and wall AC's, Sears level. Do Costco or Home Improvement/Home Depot sell them? Consider your needs and that alternative, plus a handyman or knowledgeable friend.
I'm sure the kids and you will appreciate it.

 

 COMMENT 519576P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 04:10 PM

I wouldn't use Home again either. -- 575 (I think that's the #)
If you get one gigantic estimate, they just don't want the job. Dahl did that once, twice the price, but they are a good company.

 

 COMMENT 519580P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 04:13 PM

I found what turned out to be the Crocker thread:
http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=107280&showcomments=T#topComment

 

 COMMENT 519589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 04:40 PM

@492: I wish my neighbors had considered the noise level when they bought not one, but TWO(!) window A/C units that are only a few feet from my bedroom windows. The throbbing noise is unbelievable, even with our windows completely shut. This means, of course, that we can never open our bedroom windows, no matter how hot it gets. And for some peculiar reason (I'm guessing allergies?) the neighbors keep their A/C going full tilt, even in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, they're the best neighbors in the world and I don't want to make an issue of this. I am seriously thinking of offering to pay for replacing their two A/C units for some quieter ones, at my expense.

So please, OP and anyone else who is thinking of getting A/C: do try and determine beforehand if your new toy will make life a misery for your neighbors.

 

 COMMENT 519597 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 05:10 PM

This heat is going to be the new normal. Time to invest in A/C or move someplace cooler. I'm thinking both are a good idea.
Temp in our place was well over 90's the last few days.

 

 COMMENT 519605 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 05:38 PM

Time to move to the beach! Oh wait....

 

 COMMENT 519616 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 07:01 PM

Mike's Heating and Air 805-455-3325
Down to earth, reasonable prices

 

 COMMENT 519622P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 07:59 PM

The OP CARES FOR BABIES! She has a reason and need for AC. (maybe another poster who doesn't read the thread). I agree with critics;. I'll deal with it myself, but many can't, and not just babes & the elderly. I was a frigging zombie for the past few days. 583, did you have to work with no AC this week? If so, all I say is people have different tolerance for heat, pain, etc. Have some compassion. yeah, it's going to get worse. Want to conserve? Don't reproduce.

 

 COMMENT 519623P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-16 08:05 PM

and having AC doesn't mean it's used. my elder family' shower is no longer used. Can I keep it in the house during the drought?!

 

 COMMENT 519663 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 07:30 AM

After installing solar panels for electricity , we had Crocker install our central AC. We chose a location for the unit so it wouldn't be noisy for us or our neighbors. Crocker was great. I don't prefer AC. Most of the time, we use fresh air. But in the foothills, it gets really hot and then it is a godsend or let's say it saved us some miserable nights.

 

 COMMENT 519683 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 08:12 AM

@437

In general, an A/C system does not work correctly or efficiently when using existing heating ducts for A/C. The existing ducts are generally too small for the volume of air required for A/C. Additionally, in SB anyway, many of the old furnace/duct systems are hard pipe wrapped with asbestos duct. Many of these over time break/fall apart at the joint. This then distributes asbestos throughout your home every time the fan is turned on. You'd might want to get a second opinion of your new system. I am a general contractor with 30 years local experience in remodeling. If it is thousands less than the competitors, one should be wary of what work is proposed and get other opinions/bids.

 

 COMMENT 519697 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 09:07 AM

Best advice is to consider what your needs are exactly. There are many factors that go into determining how and what is needed for each person's situation. A good HVAC company can and will advise you of this.
For instance, I have a 250 square foot room in my office that if you were just going by square footage, says 6k-7.5k BTU (half-ton) should do it; yet because the exterior wall is glass, south facing, I have upwards of 6 computer systems, a large laser printer, and 3 people in the room at any given time...it requires 18K BTU (1.5 ton) of ductless mini-split (took 4hours,total cost including install $2K)
Do you need to cool the entire house or just one or two rooms?
Noise? Ask about "ductless mini-splits" a/c. They are practically silent and super efficient. quick to install too!
If you go with standard central a/c that shares ductwork with the heating, consider zoning it

 

 COMMENT 519700 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 09:23 AM

Pinoli's Refrigeration. Period.

 

 COMMENT 519714P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 10:30 AM

Recent research took me to Sears where a 12,000 BTU window unit was on sale at $359. I have "French crank" windows though and had to order a narrower unit for $549 with my picking it up at Sears. These are plus tax. Shipping to your house was about $57 more. A 5-year annual service and warranty was about $159 as was an ill-defined delivery/installation. Chose the narrow 12000 BTU window-mount which may be more than adequate and likely to have installation by handyman about $100. Recommend lots of online research. If you can afford completely new system, I'd recommend that as permanent added value to your property and having electronic air cleaning adds more value to your property than it costs.

 

 COMMENT 519725 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 11:10 AM

Last year we had Randy Pelletier (896-4964) install central air and we couldn't be happier. The central air combined with a recent remodel that included insulation and dual pane windows has made our house comfortable and efficient. A couple of days ago it was 104 degrees outside and 72 inside while our electric bill is projected to be about $45 for the month (Yeah smart meters!!!).

 

 COMMENT 519726P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 11:12 AM

We've used Crocker to install HVAC, and would recommend them.

 

 COMMENT 519728 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 11:35 AM

I have a small house, so I opted for a split unit (small outlet on inside of wall, condenser outside). It's so quiet I can't hear it even at night. It was half the cost of putting in central air, which I didn't think I needed. Just wanted the option to cool off one part of the house at night. I used Brian's Heating and AC (687-4762) - and he and his wife Hattie were great - nice to work with and the job came in on budget and on time.

 

 COMMENT 519737P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 12:06 PM

Crocker did ours and we're really pleased with it.

 

 COMMENT 519744 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 01:04 PM

-725: that means your entire electrical useage for your entire house including a 30degree differential last week for several days was less than 200KWh!
I am just an engineer but that does not make sense...not even close

 

 COMMENT 519761 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 02:56 PM

My research took me to Sears where a 12,000 BTU energy efficient window unit about 10 yrs ago. 12000 BTU window-mount which may be more than adequate and installation by a handy person $100. My space is only 550 sq ft mobile noted for soaking up the heat. Depending on your sq footage your system requirements may be different than mine.

But the best place for a window air comparison would be Sears and a handy person. It has been so good for 10 yrs and my energy bill increase in the 3 summer months was about 20-25 a month.

It is energy efficient in that if it is cold out at night it acts as a fan bringing in cold air. During a a hot day like the last week it brings in chilled air. You program the temp desired and it does the work.

 

 COMMENT 519762 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 03:06 PM

744 - Well since you're an engineer and all, maybe you could offer your services to SCE, who you think must be under billing me. I just logged into my account at SCE and I have used 315 kWh for the month which will cost me $46. And that's with keeping my house comfortably cool all day for my wife who has been confined to bed with a broken ankle.

 

 COMMENT 519793 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 04:59 PM

I'm not an animal. If I'm hot, I turn on the AC. If I'm cold I turn on the heat. I don't feel bad about it at all. I feel good that I can be comfortable.

 

 COMMENT 519814 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-17 06:04 PM

Air system solutions in Ventura.

These guys serviced both my AC units during heat waves quickly and efficiently. Additionally they fixed my heater during the cold snap...both times same day even when they were hammered.

647-8551

These guys are the best!

 

 COMMENT 520164 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-19 10:03 AM

Anderson Systems (805) 683-6133

 

 

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